M Shed, Bristol, Somerset
Part of the Bristol Museums, M Shed is down on the harbourside in a restored transit shed, just a short walk from the centre of Bristol, so it’s easy to factor in a visit if you’re planning a day out here when you’re on your large group holiday in the West Country. M Shed is the place to come if you want to delve into the city’s story; starting way back in prehistoric times, you’ll discover a unique heritage via film, photography, interactive displays, and the thousands of objects amassed in the museum’s collections. Right next door is L Shed, packed full of artefacts relating to the social history, industrial and maritime collections in the main part of the museum, so have a potter round in there too. You can’t miss the outdoor exhibits, which can be seen anytime – the cranes that worked here in the docks in the 1950’s, trains that were built in Bristol, and boats that played a vital part in the city’s trade.
The story of Bristol told at M Shed is well supported with guided tours, exhibitions, walks and even boat trips and train rides, so it can be a very immersive experience. Entry to the museum is free, there’s a shop and a café, as well as a buggy park, wheelchair hire, lifts and level access to entrances and galleries, so no one’s left out.
Open: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm Closed Mondays
T: 0117 352 6600 All information correct at the time of writing